Call for Submissions: Nocturne 2024 Low-Sensory Halifax Public Gardens Project

Low-Sensory Halifax Public Gardens Call for Submissions: Nocturne 2024
Nocturne Art at Night

Submission Deadline: April 2, 2024, 11:59 PM ADT
View full posting and apply online

Founded in 2008, Nocturne: Art at Night Festival (Nocturne) is a free, independent, contemporary art festival in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Annually, Nocturne brings 65,000+ people to the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth to experience art and celebrate the visual arts scene in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia).

Nocturne is currently seeking artists to participate in our 2024 festival with the theme Microcosm, curated by Shuvanjan Karmaker. To read more about Shuvanjan and this year’s theme, click here and here.

Nocturne acknowledges that the majority of our festival programming is often not sensory-friendly. For instance, projects often include bright lights, loud noises, and large crowds. This low-sensory call was designed to provide sensory-friendly programming as part of the festival, during daytime hours at the Halifax Public Gardens on Sunday, October 20, 2024.

Halifax Public Gardens were founded by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836 and were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984. The Halifax Public Gardens is also part of Canada’s Garden Route.

This project will take place on the Family Lawn by the South-East Gate. Visitors are able to walk on the grass in this area only (see map). The project must not extend beyond the Family Lawn and must not block pathways or prevent the public from visiting the rest of the gardens.

Nocturne’s Programming Values

  • We encourage proposals that reflect Nocturne’s core values as an independent, non-commercial, and contemporary art festival.
  • We encourage emerging artists, creatives, arts workers, and makers to apply.
  • We aim to support efforts that are exploratory, challenging, and critical in nature.
  • We strive to create spaces that are welcoming, accessible, and safe for artists and visitors.

Encouraging Creatives and Artists

  • We encourage applicants to propose new work as well as projects that have been started or completed elsewhere.
  • We encourage artists working in all mediums to apply.
  • We seek to view applicants from a lens of equity and aim to create space for equal opportunities.
  • We encourage proposals for interactive and engaging installations.
  • We are committed to decreasing barriers at Nocturne and do our best to ensure the venues and projects at Nocturne reflect those commitments.

Deadline to Apply: April 2, 2024, 11:59 PM (ADT)

Application Timeline

  • January 15: Call for submissions opens
  • April 2: Call for submissions close. The selection committee will review and deliberate.
  • April 15: The top 3 successful submissions will be contacted to present their ideas to the selection committee. One month will be given to prepare for these presentations. The three artists selected to present their project concepts will each receive an honorarium of $500.00.
  • May 15: Up to 3 candidates will present their ideas to the selection committee
  • June 1: Successful applicants contacted
  • August 1: Marketing materials due
  • October 17 – 20: Nocturne 2024
  • December 31: Deadline for final reports from artists

Applicants will be informed of any adjustments to this timeline.

How to Apply

Click here to see the full posting and to apply.

Please note: For accessibility purposes, Nocturne will also accept proposals via phone, video, or audio file as needed by the applicant. Please get in touch via email at to arrange this submission type. This process will take approximately one hour, and it will include a recorded interview that takes place between an organizer or committee member and the applicant to go through each section of the application together. The conversation will be recorded and shared with the jury via video or transcription.

Nocturne: Art at Night
1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104
Halifax, NS B3K 3X7

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Image credits and descriptions:

1) COLLECT/ive grief COLLECT/ive joy, Corrie Peters, October 15, 2023. Photo by Mayur Kakreli. Description: An outdoor gazebo is set up with colourful blankets, and people can be seen sitting and standing inside. To the right a picnic table is set up with various items. The Halifax cityscape and the Harbour can be seen in the background.

2) MEANDER/DRIFT, Lauren Runions, Marite Kuus, Lou Campbell & Eastern Front Theatre, October 14, 2023. Photo by Mayur Kakreli. Description: A child and a middle aged woman walk through a yellow and orange outdoor installation wearing wireless, noise-cancelling headphones.

3) COLLECT/ive grief COLLECT/ive joy, Corrie Peters, October 15, 2023. Photo by Mayur Kakreli. Description: A person can be seen sitting and unraveling a pink crochet blanket while a person on the left bends down to pet a large brown Chocolate Lab.

4) COLLECT/ive grief COLLECT/ive joy, Corrie Peters, October 15, 2023. Photo by Mayur Kakreli. Description: View from over someone’s shoulder, wearing a golden yellow coat and holding a small piece of cardboard with blue yarn wrapped around it.